Tuning disk subsystems for optimal SQL Server performance is typically the domain of very experienced, enterprise DBAs.  It normally requires years of experience the hard disk subsystem to learn exactly what configurations perform best, provide the greatest fault tolerance, and allow for the most scalability.  This session removes the need for those years of experience by answering questions like:


-       How does RAID compare to SAN, hard disk to SSD?

-       What is needed to properly monitor and tune the performance of my disk subsystem?

-       How do I tune my SQL Server for improved IO performance?


Configuring hardware can be very intimidating, especially when the application needs to scale. Learning the best practices, tips and techniques described in this session will help you avoid costly mistakes and serve as the foundation for the long-term success of your SQL Server environment.


Prerequisites: Basic understanding of hardware. Knowledge of Windows operating systems and SQL Server file concepts.

Presented by Kevin Kline at SQLBits IX